Jacobs Control Systems Engineer – SIS Functional Safety in Houston, Texas

Control Systems Engineer – SIS Functional Safety


Recognized as a leader in the EPC industry and ranked as the #2 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine, we primarily serve the oil & gas, refining & petrochemical and chemicals industries providing engineering and construction of some of the world's largest refinery and petrochemical complexes. Our services include execution of major revamps and grassroots projects across petroleum refining, gas processing, liquefied natural gas, and associated offsite and environmental facilities worldwide.

Position Summary

  • Technical resource for the control systems and process automation field specifically related to SIS (Safety Instrumented Systems) Functional Safety (ANSI/ISA-84 and IEC 61511 - Functional Safety: Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector)

  • Support P&ID development; help maintain the P&ID’s through the course of each project phase

  • Support development of the Instrument Index and I/O List; help maintain the Instrument Index and I/O List through the course of each project phase

  • Support development of material / labor TIC and engineering / design effort hour cost estimates

  • Develop SIS Functional Safety scope of work documents

  • Support incorporation of SIS Functional Safety content into mechanical equipment vendor packages

  • Develop and/or support development of all SIS Functional Safety and SIS related deliverables.

  • Participation and facilitation of Functional Safety Assessment, LOPA/SIL Assignment Review Meetings

  • Provide technical direction for selection of items to be specified, ensure compliance with client requirements and standards, check specification / requisition packages prepared by others

  • Prepare engineering specification and requisition packages for inquiry and purchase

  • Prepare technical bid evaluations and make recommendations for purchase

  • Interface with suppliers to ensure compliance with specifications

  • Review vendor data to assure specifications and project requirements are met


  • BS or MS in engineering discipline; a current valid Functional Safety competency certificate or certification from one of the three major providers (CFSE, ISA, TÜV) required; PE license or equivalent preferred; CSFE expert is certification preferred.

  • 10 years of experience working capital projects in the oil & gas, refinery or petrochemical industries

  • Knowledge of working at and with Burner Management Systems Integration providers is preferred including extensive working knowledge of PLC’s

  • Current knowledge of EPC work processes and scope/deliverables for the various project phases; business acumen for lump sum and cost plus projects

  • Broad knowledge of the SIS Functional Safety field including ANSI/ISA-84 and IEC 61508 / 61511; as well as the application, specification and installation of Safety Instrumented Systems

  • Proficient with the development of all SIS Functional Safety and SIS related deliverables; including Functional Safety Plans, Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) calculations, SIF Lists, SIF response time calculations, SIL verification calculations, test plans, Safety Requirements Specifications, I/O Lists, Range/Alarm/Trip/Shutdown schedules, system block diagrams, cause/effect logic matrix, function block (Boolean) diagrams, logic narratives, SIS hardware/software/configuration specs, etc.

  • Experience participating in Functional Safety Assessment, LOPA/SIL Assignment Review Meetings as well as the facilitation of these meetings

  • Proficient with at least one SIL verification calculation software tool

  • Thorough understanding of P&ID symbology and presentation techniques

  • Experience in various phases of vendor selection and technical negotiation

  • Experience in SIS hardware inspection, FAT, SAT, loop checks, start-up and commissioning

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Advanced MS Office skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)

  • Database Instrumentation tools experience preferred (SPI/Intools, ABE (Aspen Basic Engineering), Aveva, Comos, others).

Other Essential Functions:

  • Keen safety awareness

  • Able to perform job walks wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in an operating facility

  • May require travel to national and international jobsites and supplier locations

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Texas-Houston

Req ID: ECR0000BS